Thursday, July 02, 2020

Clement: goods

Thursday, July 2, 2020
    Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
    Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you.
    —Proverbs 3:27-28 (NIV)
    We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly.
    ... St. Clement of Alexandria (150?-220?), The Ante-Nicene Fathers, v. II, Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, trs., Buffalo: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1885, p. 595 (see the book)
    See also Pr. 3:27-28; Zech. 8:16-17; Matt. 7:15; Rom. 15:2; Gal. 6:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Your Spirit, Lord, has opened torrents of charity.
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